Below is a summary of our main accomplishments.
- Promoted organizational objectives as well as human rights protection mechanisms to various national and international stakeholders;
- Recruited new members throughout the nation;
- Formed advisory committees in various parts of the country;
- Participated in stakeholders’ consultation meetings and capacity building workshops;
- Organized training programs for high school students under the theme of ethics and its impacts on societal co-existence;
- Established grass-roots electoral education coordinating committees and recruited electoral education teachers;
- Joined national, regional and international human rights networks and or consortiums;
- Monitoring the human rights situation, including under the current state of emergency;
- Conducted awareness-raising programs and distributed leaflets on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19;
- Participated in national and international webinar discussions on the impacts of COVID-19 on elections, entrepreneurship, gender-based violence, state of emergency, human rights defenders, and counter-terrorism;
- Issued joint statements in collaboration with various national as well as international human rights institutions.
Read more on the details of our accomplishments.
Since its establishment, EIHR has been introducing the organizational objectives to various stakeholders such as Ethiopian government institutions, national as well as international NGOs, diplomatic missions, and international governmental organizations. It has also been expanding its institutional structure to various parts of the country. In addition to its head office at Addis Ababa, EIHR has been widening its membership outreach and recruited more members and formed advisory committees in the capital towns of 10 areas throughout the country. Each committee is mandated to promote organizational objectives as well as to provide advice on human rights issues.
In terms of engagement, we participated in stakeholder’s consultation on the reform agenda of the Ethiopian human rights commission, including various intensive as well as thematic training programs. One of these is a capacity building aimed to contribute to the prevention, mitigation and management of election related conflicts and potential violence in the run up to and the upcoming general elections where the non state actors/NSAs skills will be tested. We also invited to attend the Common Wealth Peoples’ Forums in Kigali, Rwanda. Moreover, we conducted various training programs for high school students under the theme of “ethics and its impacts on societal co-existence”.
Regarding elections, we established grass-roots electoral education coordinating committees at the zonal levels and recruited electoral education teachers. The selection is gender sensitive and hence all of the committees chaired by women. We also submitted all the details to the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia/NEBE so as to get electoral education permit.
With regards to national as well as international networking and partnership, we got membership status in the Consortium of Civic and Voter’s Education Actors/CCVEA, Coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations for Elections/CECOE, Amnesty International/AI, and World Alliance for Citizen Participation/CIVICUS. In terms of creating a constructive and strategic partnership with human rights stakeholders, we have been working with Rights and Security International UK as a partner on issues related to COVID-19 and hence developed a toolkit with 20 international NGO’s throughout the world so as to monitor the situation of human rights under the state of emergency. Therefore, we have been monitoring the situation under the current state of emergency since 8 April 2020.
We also conducted 22 informative sessions using laud-speakers and distributed brochures developed by OHCHR EAO and Ministry of Health Ethiopia/MOH on how to prevent the spread of the virus via face book and telegram. These sessions are aimed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with in 9 administrative regions of Ethiopia. Moreover, we are participated on 10 international webinar discussions on issues related to the current pandemic. Particularly, these webinar’s aimed to target the impact of COVID-19 on elections, entrepreneurship, gender-based violence, state of emergency, human rights defenders. The discussions also include the impacts of UN agencies on the protection of human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, and to assess the UN counter-terrorism measures on human rights, peace building, and humanitarian and development assistance. The organizations that conducted the webinar’s include, center for human rights at University of Pretoria, OHCHR EAO, Defend Defenders East and Horn of Africa, Pan African Defend Defenders Network, Front Line Defenders, World alliance for citizen participation/CIVICUS, and UN Geneva.
We also issued a joint statement with Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association/EWLA, Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations/CEHRO, Ethiopian Human Rights Council/EHRCO, and Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia/AHRE to rescue the kidnapped female students from one of the Universities in Ethiopia. Moreover, in collaboration with CIVICUS, we signed a petition to urge states to implement measures in the context of the rule of law: all responses to COVID-19 must be evidence-based, legal, and necessary to protect public health, non-discriminatory, time-bound, and proportionate. Furthermore, in collaboration with Pan African Human Rights Defenders Network, we signed a petition to urge the African Union Commission to stand against the government of China on its xenophobic, racist, and inhuman treatment of Africans in China.